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Immigration Daily Febrary 10, 2010
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2010 Election And CIR

The Miami Herald reports "Failing to overhaul the nation's immigration system, currently a back burner issue for Congress and President Barack Obama, could play a pivotal role in key mid-term election in November, according to a new study on Latino voting patterns."

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Focus

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  • Part I: Complying With Immigration Laws: Form I-9 General Concepts; Completing the I-9 Form; Reverification; Recordkeeping; Electronic I-9 Systems; Knowledge of Unlawful Immigration Status; Unfair Immigration Practices; Penalties and Other Risks; IRCA Compliance Tips; Conducting an I-9 Self-Audit; E-Verify, IMAGE, and SSNVS; Social Security No-Match Letters; Mergers and Acquisitions; State Employer Immigration Laws Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia
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Articles

Illinois Blunts The E-Verify Juggernaut
Brandon Meyer and Gregory Wald write "Described by some as "Franz Kafka's Solution to Illegal Immigration," e-Verify is seen by its proponents as the silver bullet for ending the "crisis" of illegal immigration in the United States by forcibly deputizing employers as immigration cops."

The State's Quest For Total Information Awareness
David M. Brown for the Foundation For Economic Education writes "Efforts to transform the United States into a surveillance regime on a totalitarian or quasi-totalitarian model are currently underway."

Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
Greg Siskind writes "A new report from the Economic Policy Institute makes the case that immigrants at all wage levels actually lift wages for US workers."

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News

DHS Publishes Estimates Of Unauthorized Population
DHS Office of Immigration Statistics released a report providing estimates of the unauthorized immigrant population residing in the United States as of January 2009 for periods of entry and leading countries of birth and states of residence.


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Headlines

Lack of action in revamping #immigration laws can affect 40 congressional races. Latino voters are getting impatient http://ow.ly/15ViY

Lawyers back creating new #immigration courts. Current excessive caseload: only 231 judges 4 300,000 cases is outrageous! http://ow.ly/15V11

2010 elections depend on Latino vote http://ow.ly/15UKZ Msg to BOTH parties: Wake up! Tell the racists to self-deport!

ABA Calls for Creation of New Immigration Courts http://ow.ly/15B0R

new study shows immigrant actually push wages for natural workers http://ow.ly/15zi6

Sen. Leahy & Lugar introduced a legislation to provide opportunity for refugees http://ow.ly/15zde

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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
Feb 12 - Institute for the Study of International Migration is pleased to present "The Role of Migrant Care Workers in an Ageing America" Speaker: Susan Martin, B. Lindsay Lowell, Elzbieta M. Gozdziak. For more info and to rsvp see: http://www12.georgetown.edu/sfs/rsvp/index.cfm?Program=ISIM


Letters

Readers can share comments, email: editor@ilw.com (up to 300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

Dear Editor:
This letter will deal with another unfair Donald Neufeld USCIS memo, of November 5, 2009, dealing with H-1B petitions filed without an approved Labor Condition Application (LCA). USCIS has had a general policy of refusing to accept H-1B petitions without a valid, certified, LCA, However, last summer and fall, as every H-1B practitioner knows, there was a malfunction in the Department of Labor (DOL) computer system causing thousands of properly filed LCA's to be denied. This caused delays in obtaining certified LCA's and therefore in being able to file H-1B petitions. This problem became acute in November and December, 2009, as the annual quota of H-1B visas started to become used up. On November 5, 2009, Neufeld issued a memo stating that USCIS would accept H-1B petitions without a certified LCA as long as an LCA application had been filed, and that USCIS would then accept the certified LCA later on. So far, so good. But subsequently, Neufeld modified the memo to provide that, if the initial uncertified LCA application was ultimately denied, the entire H-1B petition would also be denied, even if the LCA had been denied through the DOL's mistake and a new LCA was eventually certified later on. In effect, H-1B petitioners with properly filed, but uncertified, LCA applications were forced either to wait for an approved LCA, which could take two weeks or longer if the initial one was denied, before filing the H-1B petition, thereby losing valuable time in the quota race, or to play a game of Russian roulette with both the LCA and the quota. Let us hope that this irrational policy will be corrected before next year's H-1B visas are used up.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
An article in the Foreign Policy on remittances called "Big Senders" has implications for our immigration policy. The nut graphs are: In 2001, the United States was the unchallenged remittance king, accounting for more than 30 percent of the money sent home from migrants working in these top destinations-those sending $700 million a year or more. And... The relative importance of remittances has also grown. In the last five years, they have begun to dwarf foreign aid coming from governments. Today, remittances collectively account for three times the official financial assistance sent to the developing world. In some countries, the ratio is far higher. Tajikistan's emigrants send home seven times what the country gets in aid. Workers from countries such as Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Zimbabwe, and Kyrgyzstan are probably doing more to help the poor than any global conferences or philanthropic ventures.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL


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